Friday, January 9, 2009

Inauguration will have best security ever

President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration may draw record crowds, and unprecedented security measures are expected.

Obama's train ride from Philadelphia to Baltimore and then on to Washington will present some of the biggest headaches for the president-elect's security staff. U.S. counterterrorism officials say that there has been no intelligence indicating any specific, credible threat.

Still everything from fighter jets and helicopters to electronic jamming devices and body armor will be employed to keep the president and the inauguration crowds safe.

Obama is expected to speak behind a protective glass shield and to ride in a specially-armored limousine.

Secret Service agents have already begun surveillance at the parade route, which will be cordoned off with snipers and observation equipment stationed on rooftops and balconies during the event.

President-elect's train trip poses miles of security issues
CNN - 1 hour ago
By Jeanne Meserve and Mike M. Ahlers WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama's January 17 train trip from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Washington is intended to make the inauguration the most open and accessible in history.
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